Jewellers staged a dharna at the Sadbhawna chowk here under the banner of the Swarnkar Sangh and the Sarafa Association here on Thursday.
The protesters said that the imposition of 1% excise duty on gold ornaments was not acceptable and it should be withdrawn.
The leaders of protesters stated that in 2012, the finance minister of UPA government at that time, Pranab Mukherjee, had proposed 1% excise duty on gold and, at that time Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) had supported the agitation of jewellers. Now when the BJP is in government, it has takne a U-turn on the issue and taken the same decision.
Jewellers also demanded withdrawal of the condition of providing permanent account number (PAN) of customers on the purchase of gold worth more than Rs 2 lakh. They said most of residents of villages are in agriculture-related works and they did not have PAN. So, the condition of PAN should also be withdrawn, they said.